Breast Ptosis is the medical term for sagging of the breasts, and specifically refers to when the loss of elasticity in the breast tissue causes the breasts to sag significantly enough to alter the areola and nipple location in relation to the breast crease.
Factors that can cause or exacerbate the symptoms of Breast Ptosis include: the aging process, pregnancy, gravity, breast feeding, genetics, and substantial weight gain or weight loss.
Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) is performed to treat and correct the breast sagging associated with the condition of Breast Ptosis. During a Breast Lift procedure, excess skin is removed and the remaining breast tissue is tightened, in order to create a more supportive structure for the newly lifted, firm breasts. In addition to resolving the aesthetic issue of sagging breasts, Mastopexy procedures are also performed to address other breast-related concerns, such as: different size breasts (breast asymmetry), stretched skin in the breast region, downward pointing nipples, and enlarged or asymmetrical areolas.
In order to achieve optimal results from your Breast Lift Surgery, it is crucial to select a skillful and Board Certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Paul McCluskey, lead plastic surgeon at Byrd Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center, located in Atlanta, GA. Dr. McCluskey makes it a priority to stay up to date with the latest developments in the field of breast surgery in order to provide his patients with the highest level of patient care and surgical customization, and has years of experience helping his patients enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of their breasts with Breast Lift Procedures.
About the Procedure
There are a variety of surgical techniques that can be utilized during your Mastopexy procedure, including:
- Crescent Lift (Nipple lift): performed when patients suffer from mild ptosis, and entails the removal of a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above the areola, followed by the repositioning of the areola to a more aesthetically pleasing location
- Benelli Breast Lift (Donut mastopexy): best suited for patients with mild to moderate breast ptosis, and entails the excision of a donut-shaped piece of tissue from around the areola, followed by the re-attachment of the remaining tissue to the areola
- Vertical Breast Lift (Lollipop breast lift): ideal for patients suffering from a moderate degree of ptosis, and entails a technique similar to that of the Benelli lift, but with an additional incision that runs vertically from beneath the areola down to the breast crease
- Full Breast Lift (“Anchor lift” or “Inverted-T lift”): optimal choice for patients presenting with severe cases of breast ptosis, and entails an anchor-shaped incision that runs from the base of the areola to the bottom of the breast, followed by the excision of a crescent-shaped piece of skin from where the breast meets the rib cage, and lastly, the re-positioning of the nipple to a more aesthetically appropriate position
After analyzing the degree of your breast ptosis, Dr. McCluskey will select the optimal procedure for your specific needs and aesthetic goals. It is important to note that breast lifts will not impact the fullness or size of your breasts. Patients seeking to correct breast sagging issues and increase the size (volume) of their breasts should consider having a Breast Augmentation performed in conjunction with a Breast Lift.
Aftercare and Recovery
After your Breast Lift procedure, Dr. McCluskey will wrap your incisions with bandages or dressings, and will insert a small drain to eliminate any excess fluid or blood. A support bra will be provided to minimize post-surgical swelling, and any scarring from your incisions will gradually fade from red to an inconspicuous white line. Within 1-2 weeks after surgery, most breast lift patients are able to gradually resume their normal daily activities, but should avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise for the first few months after the procedure. The aesthetic results of your Mastopexy will be visible immediately after surgery, and these results will continue to improve over the next 2-3 weeks, as any lingering swelling and/or bruising resolves.
As with any surgery, you will most likely experience some pain and swelling after surgery. The majority of the swelling will likely subside within a few days. However, some swelling may persist for several weeks. Over-the-Counter pain relievers can be taken for discomfort.
Dr. McCluskey and his team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, Dr. McCluskey services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you would like more information about the Breast Lift procedure call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!